Carolyn & Dwayne Cormier opened their doors a bit early this year, so we could show some ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos for this article. They thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience and say that apart from giving back most of the beautiful decorations (they purchased a few favourites), the only hard part about being on the tour was keeping the house in order with two teenage boys and a big dog!
Carolyn Cormier says The Frugal Decorator suggested they get involved this year. “It was timely as Dwayne had just lost his father to cancer this past spring. Dwayne’s dad lived in a small town in New Brunswick where there were very few support services for those dealing with cancer. Although his journey was relatively short, services such as those offered by Hope Spring might have helped ease the burdens and fears of coping with a terminal illness. Like many others, several of our family and friends have been touched by cancer. It’s a scary experience and we’re really fortunate in our community to have Hope Spring to support those impacted.”
The Cormier’s two story home is classic, exuding a very welcoming appeal with its large central foyer opening up to reveal a curved stairwell. Grand but understated, the house is a great space for gatherings and family events; photos on the walls showcase their love of family and travel.
The Frugal Decorator, Carolann Mackie
Carolann says the cause is close to her heart. “The love of my life was diagnosed just over three years ago and thankfully he is doing very well. So many people are affected by cancer; I don't know anyone who hasn't been. This event delivers a joyful spirit and a positive approach to help combat the effects of a horrible disease.”
Janice Jamieson, Dutch Mill Flowers
Janice collaborated with The Frugal Decorator by phone and it all simply works so well together.
“When Cancer touches those close to home, it’s only natural to want to give back to others who are struggling with the disease."
Dutch Mill Flower Shop has been with the tour since its inception.
Inside the Home
The transformation below is perfect Christmas with natural elements, textures, and layers that are divine.
“We are The FRUGAL Decorator, after all.
We wanted to show participants how they could "create" festive decor from cost effective materials.” Carolann.
From the living area, you then enter the dining room. So lovely, isn’t it, transformed into a Christmas landscape.
“This is where our creativity can flourish. Fundraisers like these allow for our artistic minds to go a little over the top. But we still like to keep our creations tasteful. Lighting plays a huge role in making displays come alive and those little vignettes are so delightful to the eye.” Carolann
The kitchen island standout had to be the tall floral centrepiece from Dutch Mill. Its natural textures dressed with tropicals married up perfectly, as the kitchen overlooks the welcoming family room space.
“We wanted the tour guests to feel like they belonged there just as we wanted the family we designed it for to also feel. It was important for there to be no pretension.
This open concept addition was intended to be family friendly. The play on texture and pattern allowed for a layered look in a neutral environment, therefore keeping it interesting.” Carolann.
Janice: "I added in the touch of tropicals throughout the house ---brunia leucedendron, galpini leucedendron as well as the wonderful tropical greens we use here as in Monstera leaves, Sago palm as well as aspidistra leaves."
And now, look at this gorgeous champagne vignette, with tea lights in the champagne glasses that The Frugal Decorator couldn't resist creating.
Onwards to the master bathroom. A newly placed white shelf perfectly suits needs and design.
The real showstopper in the bathroom has to be the large glass vase filled with submerged tropicals, placed between the two sinks.
The square textured glass candle holders are from Kara's Stained Glass.
It's time to head outside.
Meadow Acres, Exterior Florist
When I first pulled up to the house a week earlier, the front Japanese maple blazed in full and glorious deep red leaf. When I returned a week later, the leaves had dropped to the ground and the result was magical....almost as though it had been planned that way.
"It is a big job that we are thankful to be part of. It's worth every minute and investment of our energy. It's a great idea that benefits our community. It is important to know that there is so much done behind the scenes that most are not aware of. The crew of volunteers that gather and work all year (starting a week after the tour ends) to make this happen are living angels. We are delighted to be asked to participate."
The photography for this article is by Denise Wamsley of wildhair.ca. Denise Wamsley, Content Developer, is the writer.
The Hopespring Holiday Tour of Homes is the second weekend in November. To find out more about the programs at Hopespring click here.